Is finance right for you?

Career stories

We're really proud of how our qualifications give opportunities to people around the world. But don't take our word for it: see some real-life examples of how people have changed their lives with a little bit of help from AAT.

What type of finance role might suit you?

AAT qualifications open doors to many different career routes. Every business needs finance and accounting professionals, so you're not restricted to accountancy firms. You could end up working in any industry that takes your interest, from fashion or sport through to media and politics.

What could you earn with AAT?

Your salary will vary based on location and where you're at in your studies. Average salaries of AAT members increase as they progress through the different stages of their AAT journey.

Accountancy students and professional members

Average basic salaries of AAT members increase as they progress through the different stages of their membership journey.

Average basic median salary for each level of AAT membership

Bookkeeping students and members

AAT bookkeeping students and members earn an average salary of £22,000.

Median salary figures taken from the 2021 AAT Salary Survey.

Be self-employed

Did you know that studying an AAT qualification can be the first step towards becoming your own boss? Going self-employed is a great opportunity to choose your own hours, increase your earning potential and take charge of your career.

Once you’ve completed a relevant AAT qualification and become an AAT professional member, you can apply for an AAT licence. You’ll be able to offer a range of accounting and bookkeeping services to clients, with support and guidance from AAT each step of the way.

Progress to chartered studies

If you're looking to become a chartered accountant, AAT qualifications are the perfect first step. They offer you a fast track, helping you get there quicker than going to university.

With AAT you can gain exemptions from all the UK chartered and certified bodies: ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA and CIPFA. Plus, the practical skills and knowledge you gain while studying AAT qualifications will complement the chartered syllabus, helping you to succeed.

Employers love AAT

All our qualifications are designed with employers in mind.

We know that for most people the end goal of gaining a qualification is to get a job, which is why our accounting qualifications are designed with input from employers, so you know you're getting the skills they need.

Where to start

International opportunities

Our AAT accounting qualifications are recognised worldwide for their rigorous standards and for delivering the practical skills employers need. When you join us, you become part of a global network of over 130,000 students and professional members across 100 countries. The opportunities are endless.

Studying in the UK before moving abroad

Studying in the UK before moving abroad

Having AAT on your CV is a powerful incentive for employers and recruiters to hire you, providing opportunities to work anywhere in the world. By studying in the UK, you'll have a huge choice of how and where you want to study through more than 550 AAT-approved training providers.

Where to start

Studying AAT from outside the UK

Studying AAT from outside the UK

Our 50-plus AAT-approved training providers that offer training outside the UK follow the same standards, ensuring that they deliver high-quality teaching, often with flexible study options.

Our online student network means that wherever you are in the world you'll be linked to other students, offering support and motivation.

Find out where you can study

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